July 26, Colombo: More Sri Lankan women who encountered intimidation after taking up jobs as housemaids in the rich Middle Eastern countries have been brought back to the country.
Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) Tuesday (July 25) said that 51 women who sought shelter in the Sri Lankan embassy overseas for various reasons have returned to the country.
According to a SLBFE statement, there were 193 Sri Lankan women at the 'Suraksha' home for the harassed women maintained at the Sri Lankan embassy in Kuwait and out of them, 51 women have been brought to Sri Lanka.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Employment Bureau told the BBC that the rest of the women in the Suraksha home would be brought back in the future.
The first group of women who were brought to Sri Lanka were residents of Vavuniya, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Ampara, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura and Kandy and they were provided with the necessary expenses to go to their homes, the Foreign Employment Bureau said in a communique.
According to the announcement, the women who were being sheltered at the Suraksha House have faced various problems, such as overwork, lack of payment, harassment and illness.
According to the Foreign Employment Bureau, 7,723 Sri Lankans who had left for overseas employment have been brought back. Of them, 2,374 returned in 2015 and another 4,989 in 2016, the Foreign Employment Bureau said.
The 2,190 Sri Lankan migrant workers returned in 2016 have left for jobs in Qatar. In the meantime, 1,669 people from Kuwait, and 734 from Saudi Arabia, have also been brought back, the Foreign Employment Bureau said.